Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MassTLC & UMass Lowell NERVE Center Reception

Members from the local robotics community came together on October 14th to celebrate the Massachusetts and New England Robotics EcoSystem and share their technology.  The event was held at the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and kicked-off the start of RoboBusiness 2014, an international robotics trade show.

This event included live demonstrations from robotic arms and actuators to telepresence robots and an exoskeleton.

Veteran Gene Laureano shows off his new walking skills after being paralized from the waste down since 2001 and being wheelchair bound for 12 years.

The program included welcome remarks by MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft and Linda Thayer, partner at Finnegan, the event and MassTLC robotics cluster sponsor, introduced Julie Chen, Vice Provost of research at UMass Lowell.  A New England robotics ecosystem map was presented to Dr. Holly Yanco, director of the NERVE center and long-time supporter of the MassTCL robotics cluster. 

Linda Thayer, Julie Chen, Holly Yanco and Tom Hopcroft point to a star on the map indicating where the NERVE center is located.

An online version of this map can be found at

Thank you to our event host:

Thank you to our event sponsor:

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